MobileMe with a custom email address [How To]

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by Juo100, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Juo100 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    Before you read on I shall mention my solution costs US $14.95 one-time if that doesn’t appeal to you then this wont be worth reading. I totally get it if anyone doesn’t want to, its annoying that Apple didn’t implement this within Mobile Me, who the **** wants an @me address anyway!

    Anyway.... here is How To

    Like you, I wanted to use MobileMe with a custom email address, following another post on this forum I got it working with GMail, taking advantage of their SMTP servers, however their was one cosmetic bug, and that was all the emails I sent showing up as
    I didn’t really like this and thought it looks fairly nasty so I tried to find a service that can force messaging going through their SMTP server to change the "from" field. (To my custom address).

    This is the Google/Microsoft "bug" as seen in hotmail (with my email addresses blanked out but you get the idea)
    As I understand it will affect anyone using Hotmail or Outlook

    I also wanted to maintain the push functionally of Mobile Me so editing the SMTP server was the only option.

    What’s the catch? You have to sign up to a service called fastmail and to use their SMTP servers pay a one time fee of US $14.95 one-time, with the exchange rate in the UK being so good at the moment I thought this was a pretty modest asking.

    I also wanted to maintain the push functionally of Mobile Me so editing the SMTP server was the only option.

    Step 1: Forward all email from the domain you wish to use to your Mobile Me account in my case forwards to

    Step 2: Configure Mobile Me on your iPhone as you would normally, send an email to your custom domain and make sure its being forwarded to the Mobile Me email.

    Step 3: Register an account at Fastmail you will need the member plan*;UDm=49;MSignal=SI-*N-1*Mem

    Step 4: Log into your new fastmail account via
    Go to Options -> Personalities
    Double click your default personality.
    There should be a checkbox "SMTP force From"
    Make sure it's checked
    Click "Save Personality"

    Your settings will look something like this

    Make sure its set as your "default personality" if you dont see the "SMTP force from" option you’re not in the BETA version of the website make sure the URL is /beta/

    Step 5: Almost there, grab your iPhone and
    Go to Settings
    Mail, Contacts, Calendars
    under accounts select your mobile me account
    Account Info
    Add Server...

    Configure it as
    Server On
    Username: (your fastmail login including
    Password: (your fastmail password)
    Use SSL: On
    Authentication: Password
    Port: 465

    make sure all SMTP servers are turned off apart from

    Step 6: Ok now try and send an email, everything *should* be working and contacts will see all emails as your custom domain. Congrats :D

    A couple of notes

    Its normal for EMails within the Mail client to show the address as you@mac/ this will be changed once it gets to fastmail's servers.

    So unless someone can find an SMTP server that does the same free of charge, this is a full featured no bugs solution (as far as I can tell)

    I want to thank zhak for helping me request the feature
    And Fastmail for implementing my feature request

    PS: Im not affiliated with Fastmail in anyway, if anyone can find a free SMTP server that will force add a custom email address then just use these instructions in conjunction with the free SMTP server. I realize this looks like an advert for their services im just sharing how I got working and if people feel that its worth the money they can use it as well.

    Finally if you want an email to test this with,, make a quick account their and send it email, the from field should show your custom domain.
    If you want to make sure the bug is gone open a Hotmail account (serious effort involved)

    No more sent on behalf of, note neither @Mac or @Me ends in, ive just blanked out some of my email to protect my identify.
  2. spamdumpster macrumors 6502a

    Jan 22, 2008
    Great find. allows you to send smtp email from any address, but there's no option to FORCE a different reply-to address on the server side.

    Thus, you can set it up the way you have it, except you need two accounts -- one "pure" mobileme account to get push email, calendar, and contacts, and another mobilme account set up as a hybrid imap using your personal domain email address for set up, mobileme for incoming and for outgoing.
  3. lucypug macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2008
    yeah, but does this work from the website?? That's where I need a different FROM email address instead of the I finally got the iphone FROM address to kind of work after hours and hours of experimenting around and it's still far from perfect. thanks apple.
  4. ksgordo macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Another solution to the how to use MobileMe with any email address problem

    Loa PowerTools, with which I happily disclose a connection, sells a solution that several people with this problem have found useful. It's also useful for anyone with more than one email address and for anyone who carries a laptop. See, for example, this entry on MacOSXHints .
  5. Juo100 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2007
    No, only Apple can get that working.
  6. nutella69 macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2008
    You can also use Google Apps for free instead of!

  7. hamz01 macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2007
  8. degreecy macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    didn't work for me... any hints appreciated!

    Was hopeful this was a stopgap way of using my company email until they tell us how to configure iphone for exchange (not a simple process since we have some interim gateway before the servers).

    So followed the instructions... unfortunately it didn't work for me. It appears as though by forcing the FROM field, my company rejects because it must recognise it is not coming from within ?

    This is the mail system at host

    I'm sorry to have to inform you that your message could not
    be delivered to one or more recipients. It's attached below.

    For further assistance, please send mail to postmaster.

    If you do so, please include this problem report. You can
    delete your own text from the attached returned message.

    The mail system

    <>: host[x.x.x.x] said: 554 5.7.1
    <>: Sender address rejected: domain use is
    reserved (in reply to MAIL FROM command)

    Any help gratefully received !

  9. degreecy macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    anyone got any ideas how to get past this problem ? is it a case that our company has anti-spam software which is detecting that it is not coming from the internal network ?
  10. rje macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    It doesn't work. At least not as presented above. I'm a Fastmail customer. They handle my domain. It will allow you to send using your personal email address from your iPhone. The problem is that it messes up the iPhone mail app vis a vis First of all, I stopped receiving push mail. Secondly, when I open the mail app it either spends several minutes checking for mail, or it gives me an error message saying:

    "The connection to the server failed.

    So what appears to be an elegant solution, isn't.

    Mail2Web appears to be the only solution to push email with a personal "from" address.
  11. degreecy macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    Actually, I have found it does work exactly as the tip is shown. The only exception is if I mail people in the same domain I then get an undelivered message as above. I suspect this is because of some other checks being made by our company mail server ? Any ideas anyone ?
  12. rje macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    I just tried it again. This time it worked. It's sending from my selected address and I'm getting push. So I apologize for my earlier criticism of this tip. Obviously, I'll continue to monitor this.
  13. lucite macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2008
    What about syncing the SENT mail


    This is a neat trick, but I'm wondering how it works with respect to syncing outgoing mail accross multiple machines and iPhones.

    It seems that if you send an email from your desktop Mail (using your existing IMAP SMTP) then that will indeed sync accross all machines and iPhones. BUT if you send through then I don't see how it can sync your Sent mail since you are not routing your outgoing mail through your SMTP.

    Perhaps it would work if you use's SMTP for all your machines (desktops and iPhones), but then it's a little messy as Mail will list 2 Sent mail folders.

    Anyone have any feedback on any of this?

  14. svandive macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2007
    Does this still work??

    Anybody know if this still works or not. If so what account type or member level needs to be signed up for at FastMail??


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